How to Choose a Bike Rack for a Fifth-Wheel or Pop-Up Camper

To help you choose a bike rack that is compatible with your camper and bikes, it is important to consider four simple points

  • Vehicle Compatibility
  • Bike Compatibility
  • Vehicle Accessibility
  • User Compatibility

Vehicle Compatibility

Do you have pop-up or fifth-wheel camper?

  • Bike racks can be mounted to the camper 2 ways
2" x 2" and 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" Hitch Receiver Openings

Does your camper have a hitch?

  • What size hitch receiver do you have?
    • Hitch receivers are usually 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" or 2" x 2"
    • Bike racks are designed to fit 1-1/4", 2" or both receiver sizes
  • What class is your hitch?
    • Class 1
      • Carries up to 2 bikes
      • 1-1/4" Hitch receiver
    • Class 2
      • Carries up to 4 bikes
      • Usually a 1-1/4" receiver
    • Class 3
      • Carries up to 5 bikes
      • 2" Hitch receivers
  • A Class 2 bike rack designed to fit a 1-1/4" receiver will NOT fit in a Class 1, 1-1/4" receiver.
  • Ensure that bike rack is compatible with your hitch receiver
  • Swagman non-folding, single-arm, hitch-mount bike racks are the ONLY hitch-mount racks designed to endure the rough, bumpy ride behind a towed camper

Pop-Up Trailer Roof-Mount Bike Rack

Bike Compatibility

Bike racks come in a variety of styles. Consider what style bike rack would be most compatible with your bike frames and transportation requirements.

Roof Mount (For Pop-Up Trailers)

  • Wheel-mount bike rack
  • Each bike wheel is placed in a holding tray
  • Bike is held in place using bungee straps (included with rack)
  • Accommodates all bike sizes
  • Accommodates most wheel sizes
  • Capacity: 4 bikes
  • Simple loading

Hitch-Mount Bike Racks (Single Arm)

  • Only single arm racks made by Swagman have been approved for use behind campers
  • Single-arm-model bike rack supports bike by securing its crossbar to rack
  • Capacity: 4 bikes
  • 2 Styles
Single, Rotatable Cradles
  • Single, Rotatable Cradles
    • Rotates to keep wheels level, providing excellent ground clearance
    • Secure bike frame to rack with hand knob when you tighten top plate
    • Accommodate most styles and sizes of bikes simultaneously
    • Can be bulky - sometimes make it difficult to secure bikes with small frames
      • May require an adapter bar
    • Load and unload easily
Top-Plate Bike Rack
  • Top Plate
    • Single top plate secures all cradles simultaneously
    • Top plate must be removed to load and unload any bike
    • Alternative-frame bikes will have adequate ground clearance
      • An adapter bar may be necessary

Vehicle Accessibility

Roof- and hitch-mounted bike racks do not limit the accessibility of your vehicle.

User Compatibility

Choose a rack with features that make it convenient and easy for you to handle.


Roof-Mount Rack

Roof Racks

  • Mount to roof of a pop-up trailer
  • Tie-down mounts must be installed as anchors for rack tie-down straps
  • Requires drilling

 Swagman Single-Arm-Bike Rack

Hitch-Bike Racks

  • Mount into hitch receiver
  • Installs easily
  • Consider using an anti-rattle hitch bolt to reduce jostling of bikes and rack during transport



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